This may come as a surprise, but small amounts of stress are healthy. Working out a little longer or a challenging project at work can all help our brains and bodies learn to operate at peak efficiency. However, chronic stress is detrimental to health. Whether it's a stressful job or the illness of a loved one, significant levels of stress put us in danger of becoming ill oursleves.

Most of us know that stress effects our memory, keeps us from sleeping, and can cause weight gain, but did you know that chronic stress increases your chances of getting sick with cold, flu, allergies, and even things like diabetes? Stress suppresses the immune system and makes it harder for your body to stay well. Chronic stress over long periods of time can increase risk of heart disease, diabetes and stroke.

The good news is that there are a few simple things you can do to prevent stress. One of our favorites is taking Inositol. Inositol helps calm your mind when life feels like a whirl-wind and you can't think straight. Inositol also helps quiet the brain chatter which can help you get to sleep easier. Being able to think calmly and clearly tends to improve mood and reduce stress. Inositol can also help burn fat, improves memory, and supports hair growth. No wonder it's one of our top selling vitamins!

Another helpful nutrient is Rhodiola. Rhodiola is an adaptogenic herb that helps improve energy, performance and mental alterness during stressful times. Studies showed that it helped college students do better on final exams while they were sleep deprived. Rhodiola can also support the adrenal glands so that you can lower your stress level. Increasing Vitamin C intake is also essential for adrenal support and stress prevention. Take an extra 1,000- 2,000mg a day on stressful days to support your adrenals and immune system.

Taking a 20 minute walk daily and a healthier eating plan (more fruits and veggies and fewer carbs!) will help reduce stress, but if you are experiencing chronic stress, you need to take action immediately.

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